It’s been almost 8 years that I’m into Blogging and with time I have used many applications, Blogging tools, websites, and software to enhance my blogging. I think it’s a good idea to share what all tools and software I use in my pro-blogging world.
Most of the software’s I mentioned below is something I already talked about here in the form of reviews. Though, putting all of them in one place will make things easier for every blogger.
Also, while finishing this article, I realize I have most tools that works on the desktop. I would love to know, how many of you are a big fan of desktop blogging tools over online tools?
List of Best Blogging Tools for Your Blog:
Before we move ahead, let me clear out what do I mean by Blogging tools here. These are usually those blogging software’s, tools, platform, web site without which my blogging is incomplete, or probably won’t be like the same.
I’m sure this will help newbie bloggers and instead of waiting years to try them, it’s time you should at least give it a shot.
Open live writer: (Desktop blog editor for Windows)
The open live writer is a desktop editor that works with almost all popular blogging platforms. I have been using it since 2008, (Now I don’t use it as I’m on Mac OS) and it helped me a lot to increase productivity.
This is an entirely functional desktop-based blog editor, where you can not only write content but add, edit and enhance images. Especially, Watermarking images using OpenWindows live writer is super easy. You can download Windows live writer from here, and if you are new to it, my guide on Configuring Open live writer with WordPress will help you. The only downside is it doesn’t work with Mac & Mac users can refer to Mac desktop editor.
Blogo (Desktop blog editor for Mac)
If you are on Mac, you shouldn’t miss on using Blogo. Blogo is a desktop editor where you can do offline writing and directly publish to your WordPress blog from the dashboard. It offers many features such as Image editing, uploads images directly from the desktop, retrieves published a post and so on. Blogo is one Mac blogging tool that you should install right now. It’s available in Mac App Store, and you can download it from here.
Update: I would suggest you also to look at Desk which seems more promising. I’m always switching between Blogo and desk, but I think ultimately I will stick to Desk.
English is not my first language, and I often make silly grammatical mistakes. In the past, I had an editor to help me with the proof-reading, but the process was time-consuming. In the starting of 2015, I started using Grammarly, and I’m in love with it. This tool is highly recommended for anyone who is struggling with English. You can try Grammarly for free using the below link.
BuzzSumo is one free tool that you should know of and started using right now. With BuzzSumo, you can find most shared content from any blog. All you need to do is add the URL of the blog, and it will show you most shared post from that blog on social media. There are many more filters that you can use to find content that are popular on any website. The best part is it’s free. You can use this tool here.
Content Title Maker:
Your post title is one of the crucial element for the success and vitality of your blog post. If you write a post that has a catchy title, you will not only get more eyeballs, it will also help you to get more social-media sharing. This is a free title generator for the blog post that will automatically generate and suggest click-worthy post title.
ManageWp for managing multi WordPress site:
If you manage more than one WordPress blog, ManageWP is a blogging tool for you. With ManageWP, you can manage all your WordPress blog from one dashboard. This a paid tool, and it’s free for those who have less than five sites. You can learn more about ManageWP here and create a free account using link below.
Check out ManageWp.
This is one service that I would highly like to recommend to people who have a multi-media social profile. This one will help you to keep your social profile active. Also offers many add-ons and bookmarklet for a quick share. I’m using their iPhone app and Chrome add-on. You can read Bufferapp review here and sign up for a free account here.
Snag it: Image Capturing and Editing
Snag it a desktop based image capturing and editing tool. Most of the pictures that you see here on ShoutMeLoud for tutorials are taken using Snag it! It’s a paid tool but worth a buy for a long run. Buy snag it right now. Highly recommended image editing tool for Bloggers. Here is a video tutorial for Snag it:
Camtasia: for Video Blogging
We have already talked about video blogging and how you can go viral with video Blogging. You might see my very active on YouTube here @denharsh. I’m using this video recording tool to create a screencast and video tutorials. One of the best paid software for video recording. I’m not adding any mic recorder recommendation here because I’m still looking out for the best one. You can download Camtasia for free from here.
SEMRUSH: For Keyword analysis
SEMRUSH is one fantastic tool for any blogger who doesn’t like to dig down a lot on SEO. SEMRUSH does all the work for you to find the keywords for your blog, and also let you monitor your blog backlinks and SEO report of your site. This is like a plug and plays SEO tool that is loved by anyone who uses it. I started using SEMRUSH in 2012 and even after 2 and half years, I’m in love with it. You can read the review of SEMRUSH here and try this tool completely free for 15 days using this special link.
PayPal for Payments:
Paypal is one of the best services for Bloggers to send and receive money worldwide. I own a business, account, and if you are making money from Blogging, it’s time for you to have a PayPal account. Getting a PayPal account, is free and you can get your first account here.
Aweber for Email Marketing:
When you have an Email list for your blog, you can read out to your subscribed users any time. There are many Email marketing tools out there, but nothing beats Aweber for the feature it offers. With few clicks you can set up and have an Email optin box for your blog and from a single dashboard, you can send an eMail newsletter to your subscriber. None the less, you can always setup RSS feed of your blog to send out newsletter to your eMail subscriber. You can start with $1 and follow below guide to learn how to use it right now:
Money Making Programs:
I’m using a variety of advertisement programs like AdSense, Affiliate program and many more. Though, I have already done a separate post for the same, and you can learn about it on my post on: How ShoutMeLoud makes money.
iPhone And iPad:
I’m a new fan of Apple (3-year-old), and I own an iPhone4 and iPad2. Both of them combined makes my blogging easier. Especially, when I’m traveling (I love traveling) iPad is very handy. In the case if you don’t own any you should opt for one and get the feel of one such gadget, which will make your life easier. Some of the apps, which I use almost every day on my iPhone: WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+, Facebook app, YouTube app, Dropbox, Evernote, PayPal, Flipboard, Pocket app and default Twitter app.
- Read: Gadgets for Blogger
Another add-on for Gmail, which organizes your Emails and gives them a label. This helps a lot to see important Emails first and other promotional and newsletter Email later on. If you are getting hundreds of Email every day, that also includes spam messages in Inbox, you can use IOB service for free and keep your inbox free.
I have already shared how to drive traffic from Flickr, and now only it helps me in driving traffic but also helped me to get free backlinks. Many sites leech images from Flickr and description of images fetches backlinks. Flickr uploader for desktop makes it easier to quickly upload the images. Not to mention, upload images/Screenshots taken by you. Download Flickr desktop uploader.
I use Skype mostly to connect with other bloggers, and I also use it along with Team viewer. One of the best IM clients for chatting according to me.
- Bonus reading: How to use Teamviewer for remote screen sharing
Well, these are some of those free and paid Blogging tools that I use, and I would suggest you to give it a shot and see how it helps you in Blogging. Now it’s your turn to share all those Blogging Weapons which you are using every day.
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